What is the carbon dioxide content of a soda can or bottle?
General estimates have placed a can of Coca-Cola to have 2.2 grams of $\ce
$$\text<2.2 g> \ \ce
$$ \text<355 ml> * \frac<\text<1 L>><\text<1000 mL>> = 0.355 \ \text
So here we can see we have about 0.05 mol/0.355 L or about 0.14 mol of carbon dioxide per liter of soda. Of course this value varies by manufacturer, type of drink, container, etc.
Looking at Wikipedia, inside Coca-Cola is:
Carbonated water, Sugar (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup depending on country of origin), Caffeine, Phosphoric acid, Caramel color (E150d), Natural flavorings
A can of Coke (12 fl ounces/355 ml) has 39 grams of carbohydrates (all from sugar, approximately 10 teaspoons), 50 mg of sodium, 0 grams fat, 0 grams potassium, and 140 calories.
Thus, we can calculate the pressure of $CO_2$ gas using the Ideal Gas equation if we store our coke at, say, 20 Celsius:
$$ P = \frac
On average, the 12 ounce soda cans sold in the US tend to have a pressure of roughly 120 kPa when canned at 4 °C, and 250 kPa when stored at 20 °C.
Water vapor exerts it's own partial pressure. Looking at standard tabulated values for water vapor pressure, water exerts a pressure of 17.5 torr at 20 Celsius.
Knowing that our total pressure is the sum of all our pressures:
Here, we are roughly about 100 kPa off from the data provided by the website. This is just an approximation. A more accurate way would be to calculate the moles of each product inside the soda, and knowing the total pressure or partial pressure of one of the parts, we can
calculate the pressures more accurately. However, that information is proprietary. It's their secret recipe!
We have to determine the volume of the headspace - again, I am not sure of exact data - which is between 1/2 inch to 1 and 1/2 inches depending on the container and what it holds. I will assume that the headpsace occupies 6% of the total volume of the can which is 21.3 mL.
At manufacturing and at storage, the can is at different temperatures. Taking the above data, we'll say it is manufactured at $4^\circ C$ and say, stored at $20^\circ C$
Furthermore, when carbon dioxide is solubilized in water, it forms carbonic acid. I will neglect that as the ionization constant is small.
Assuming our 2.2 grams of carbon dioxide is the maximum amount of carbon dioxide that can be placed inside, some of the carbon dioxide is soluble in water while the rest exerts pressure inside the headspace to force the carbon dioxide inside the liquid. The pressure is necessary inside this closed volume as, once you open the cap, the carbon dioxide tries to achieve equilibrium.
In general, the solubility of gases increases at lower temperatures and decreases at higher temperatures. A notable exception is the noble gases. In regards to pressure, Henry's law states that the solubility of a gas in a liquid is directly proportional to the pressure of that gas above the surface of the solution.
The solubility of carbon dioxide in water shifts according to Le Chatlier's principle.
For the solution to this problem, we would need to know several things about the manufacturing of soda's, or rather, more quantitative data. At manufacturing, the pressure is high and temperature low, so as much carbon dioxide as possible is solubilized in the water.
Once shipped out and stored, the pressure inside the headspace increases as the pressure is decreased from manufacturing, the carbon dioxide then leaves solution and enters the headspace. Increasing temperature also decreases solubility.
If you can provide me with more information, I will be more than happy to help. )